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Hood River News, Hood River, Oregon
Thursday, January 20, 1977

Obituary Notices
Perry E. Wells

A resident of Hood River for 86 years Perry E. Wells, died January 12 at the Hood River Care center. He was 97.

Funeral services were held January 17 at 2 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home. Interment followed at the Pine Grove cemetery.

Mr. Wells was born June 18, 1879 at Mt. Carroll, Illinois to Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Wells. He came to Hood River in 1891. Mr. Wells homesteaded for ten years in the valley and then purchased 100 acres about a mile east of Pine Grove.

He began an orchard and lived on the property until recently when he became ill. In 1906 he married Miss. Nellie Clark. She died in 1952. In 1954 Mr. Wells married again, this time to Mrs. Grace Goin.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge #1507, I.O.O.F. lodge # 181, Pine Grove Grand, Hood River Pioneer Association, Wasco Pioneer Association, Pine Grove Grange and the Hood River Valley Christian Church.

Survivors include: wife Grace, two sons, Harold and Kenneth, both of Hood River, a daughter, Dorothy Mathison; two step-children, Gertrude Bryant of Warrenton, Ore. and Ted Goin of Hood River; a brother, Walter of Hood River, a sister, Margaret Lester of Hood River; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Pine Grove News
Hood River News, Hood River, Oregon

January 20, 1977
by Correspondent Dorothy Mathison


Pine Grove lost one of its long time residents in the passing of Perry Wells. He came to this valley with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Wells, his three brothers and one sister in 1891.

Hood River was his home except when he was away in Sherman county hauling wheat down to Biggs, and when he was at Oregon Agricultural Colleg where he studied mechanical engineering for two years, and two winters he spent in Long Beach, California.

He married Nellie Clark in 1906 and they were the parents of three children: Harold, Kenneth and Dorothy who are residents of Pine Grove. Mrs. Wells passed away in 1952 and in 1954 Mr. Wells was married to Mrs. Grace Goin. Besides working a fruit orchard he did carpentering and helped build some of the homes in Pine Grove.

I pay a tribute to a good and respectful man, who I am proud to call my father.


We wish to express our thanks to the nurses at Memorial Hospital and Dr. Edmundson for the care given our beloved husband and father, Perry Wells. We also, wish to thank all the relatives and friends for their cards and flowers, and Pastor Sam Anderson for his visits.

Mrs. Grace Wells
Kenneth and Edna Wells
Harold and Wanda Wells
Dorothy and Bill Mathison
Theodore and Mildred Goin

(Perry Wells was my grandfather...Submitted by Charlott Wells Jones)